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Murle Elaine (Hirdes) Clark

7-27-1928  –  1-9-2020

Murle passed away peacefully at her home in Grand Rapids on Thursday, January 9, 2020.  Murle was born on July 27, 1928, in Zeeland, Michigan to the late Corey and Maggie (Jelsma) Hirdes. After living in Colorado for many years, she moved back to Grand Rapids.

She was preceded in death by Julian (Duke) Dupey.

She is survived by her three sons, Michael (Laura) Dupey, Mark Dupey, and Jeff (Kathleen) Dupey; four grandchildren, Jalyn Phelps, Joshua (Tanya) Dupey, Justin (Suzy) Dupey, and Lauren Dupey; five great-grandchildren, Ella, Jakey, Daxy, Rivenna, and Aurora; and niece, Judy (Bill) Dyke.

Murle was a social butterfly where she lived at Heron Manor, involved in all their activities with all her very dear close friends.  She loved to needle point, crochet, listen to her music, and loved watching the birds.  She made the best coconut cream pie and home made hot fudge.  Her most favorite time spent, was with her family, cherishing every minute.  She will be so very sadly missed.

Memorial contributions can be made and sent to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Sheryl Bodien on January 18, 2020 at 8:11 am

    We are so sorry to hear the news. So many great memories of parties, cooking for the parties, dancing, beaches and work bees together with the Rekeny family. I remember Murle and Duke singing at Aldersgate church and was so impressed. So glad we had her over for dinner and singing karaoke a couple years ago. Rest In Peace Murle. Singing again with Duke❤️
    Sheryl and Glenn Bodien

  2. Thomas and Beverly Rekeny on January 18, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    To the Dupey Family, to our dear friend Murle RIP, to the many great trips and great times we had all of the great breakfast we cooked on Lake Michigan. All the work projects and good times. Blessings and hugs to you all. From the Rekeny Family.

  3. Emily Klinge on January 25, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Murle was ALWWYS full of spunk; kept Heron Manor on our toes. She will be truly missed – thank you for sharing her with all of us. It was a please to be her caregiver

  4. Mark Dupey on September 16, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Mother Murle. You were Always the guiding lite on my darkest times. Your love gave me strength to be me. Forever your middle son

  5. Kit (Griner) Hoekstra on December 5, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Murle was a kind lady with a great smile, hearty laugh and a big heart. I was fortunate enough to work with her for one year at The Bride and Card Shop in downtown Grand Rapids, which was owned by my mom, Nancy Griner. It was my first year in retail sales and Murle was always so helpful and kind as I learned the ropes. She and my mom became good friends and I remember her and Duke coming over to my parents’ house many times to share a drink out on the patio. We lost touch with them over the years and I am saddened to learn just now of their passing. My deepest sympathies to your family. They were both wonderful people.

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